Video rendering that shows the future addition of Double Ground. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

Futures of CCA

New workshops, classrooms, facilities, and community spaces will connect students and disciplines in a vibrant, state-of-the-art environment for art, design, and education.

The ground-level entrance to the expanded Double Ground campus is near student housing at Founders Hall on Hooper Street.

CCA's Double Ground expansion will connect residence halls and buildings on campus. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

Rooted in the Bay Area, building toward the future

CCA is the action-oriented art and design school in San Francisco. We've helped shape the Bay Area cultural landscape for nearly 120 years, and our campus expansion brings together more than 30 academic programs and disciplines, adds new student housing and dining, and supports interdisciplinary learning and making like never before. Architecture, design, art, and writing students learn together in the city's most exciting cultural neighborhood, alongside galleries, design studios, and technology companies.

Double Ground’s ample interior glazing reveals what’s happening inside the central resource hub and adjoining workshops.

The central resource hub on the lower level of Double Ground. Rendering courtesy of Studio Gang.

A long-term vision comes to fruition

With the addition of Double Ground, our multi-year plan becomes a reality. Classrooms and studios for every program are now located together in San Francisco, offering even more cross-over opportunities for the talented artists and designers to learn from faculty—and each other. Our students now live, learn, eat, study and relax on our residential campus, which includes two dorms, Founders Hall and Blattner Hall.

CCA's new Double Ground extends our main campus with an additional 82,305 square feet of space. New classrooms and studios with super-flexible interior spaces offer new opportunities for collaboration. What happens when industrial design meets painting? When an architect collaborates with a ceramicist? These are the kinds of collaborations students will encounter. Double Ground will offer students:

  • Abundant shared green spaces
  • A continuous indoor-outdoor environment
  • Interactive maker yards
  • Adaptable spaces to create
  • New galleries for exhibitions
  • A new lecture hall
  • More opportunities for interdisciplinary learning
Digital rendering with a panoramic view of people in an open walkway with a lattice-adorned building in the background.

Double Ground’s top level features open courtyards and green space. Courtesy of Studio Gang and Kilograph.

Sustainability at the forefront

Designed by a team led by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang, the open, transparent design will connect our programs in exciting new ways. Built with sustainable features and amenities, the lower level of Double Ground includes shops, studios, and labs which open into shared maker yards. The upper level features a park-like atmosphere with green space and places to gather, adjacent to CCA's main campus building.

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